Sunday, August 31, 2014

General G Meets Bricks

Buster is quite pleased with his latest Lego set.

Obi-wan takes on General Grievous.  It's a pretty cool vehicle too!

Saturday, August 30, 2014


We  went to see the new Tentacles exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Antique octopus art.

A coconut octopus, seeking protection in a jar.

Nautiluses.  Nautili? I never really thought about how they move or that they move at all.

There were a couple of giant Pacific octopuses, and we joked that they took shifts.  One would be suckered up against the window, resting.  The other gave us a great show, swimming and waving his tentacles.

Cuddle-fish!  SwingDaddy says they are cuttlefish, but I insist that cuddle-fish is much cuter.

I was well behaved and didn't bring anything home from the gift store.

We stopped to see the Jellies exhibit as well.

The play area featured sea-life costumes.

And plush moray eels.  When the kids tug on the "eels," they pull out to show how long they get.

Boys in shells.
A fun day for all!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friends with Trees

As we left piano lessons, the boys ran ahead and hid from me.  I could hear the giggles, and eventually they each peeked out from their trees.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Uniform Days

I haven't been at the taekwondo studio that much in the last year, since it's quite close to SwingDaddy's office and he'll pick them up after work.  He's had a bike race on Wednesday nights recently, so I've been going to get the boys and seeing them in action. Serious dudes.

Monday, August 25, 2014


SwingDaddy in his new cycling jersey, inspired by our vacation travels!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hoping for Milkshakes

We had a nice dinner out and the boys did their best to charm us into ordering milkshakes for dessert. (Yes, they succeeded.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Party Time

Houses should come with ball pit rooms.

Friday, August 08, 2014


What a spectacular holiday. The boys enjoyed their first international trip, an we loved spending time with all our northern friends, who were so kind and generous with their time.

Tusen takk!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ships and Statues

We visited the Kon-Tiki museum, home to Thor Heyerdahl's exploits.

Using traditional ship building techniques, Heyerdahl and his team sailed vast distances of ocean to prove that pre-historic peoples could cross the Pacific without benefit of modern technology.

 The sailors caught fish to eat and grew tan in the hot sun, surviving some crazy experiences.

Right next door was the Fram museum.  The building is tall and pointy because

The entire ship is inside, with the masts just clearing the ceiling.

The Fram is legendary for its polar expeditions and was designed with a specially shaped, thick hull, so that it could be frozen into the ice during the winter and not crack.

Here's the special retracting propeller and rudder so that it would be protected when the ice closed in.

There were some playful exhibits as well.

The boys are trying out a sled dog harness to see how much they can pull.

Sled dogs work hard!


We saw these statues from a distance and couldn't tell what expedition they represented.  After a moment's thought, we figured it must be Fram, since they were dressed for warmth.

We headed back to our hotel for a rest, and just as we arrived, the palace guard marched by.  Apparently they do an elaborate changing of the guard a few times per week, and we happened to catch it.

Buster chose a few more fuzzy souvenirs.  Here are Freddy and Teddy, his polar bear slippers.  Q-ster chose a four-color pen and some playing cards featuring photos of notable Norwegian locations.

We made an afternoon visit to Vigeland Park.  The scale of the park is surprising - it's huge.

The art is a little weird.

Ok, pretty weird. But the space was lovely.

And we wrapped the day with more ice cream.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

History and Landmarks

We started off the day with a tour of the Royal Palace, which is open to the public for a few weeks each summer when the royal family is on holiday. No photos are allowed, so we just admired quietly.  It would be fun to dance in the grand ballroom.

We spent the afternoon with friends at Oscarsborg, an island fortress which has the distinction of sinking a German heavy cruiser in 1940, delaying the Nazi invasion just long enough for the king and parliament to escape.

King Harald's name is inscribed in the stone.

As we walked further, the boys were excited to see bigger cannons.

And then even larger ones!

It seemed a little on-the-nose American to pose with big guns, but here we are anyway.

We had dinner (outside!) and of course, the outing had to end with ice cream.